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How to set up double-sided printing on Windows 11

Sometimes, job requirements require you to print documents on both sides of a sheet of paper, or you simply want to save paper. You can completely set the duplexing property on each individual print job, as well as on all future print jobs. This article will show you how to configure both of these options on your Windows 11 PC.

Depending on the printer, you’ll use manual duplexing or automatic duplexing. If your printer supports automatic duplexing, the next pages in the print job are automatically loaded into the printer. In contrast, with a manual duplexer, you will have to manually add pages to your printer to print on both sides of the paper. In this tutorial, we will use a manual duplexer.

Set up double-sided printing for an individual print job on Windows 11

First, open the document you want to print in a supported application. For example, if you want to print a WordPad document, open it in the WordPad app.

To open the print window in WordPad (or any other application where you open your document), press Ctrl + P. Or you can also click File > Print (in most applications), and the print setup window will open immediately.

Open printing window

On the print settings window, select the printer you want to use, then click the “Preferences” button.

Click on “Preferences”

On the “Preferences” window that opens, enable the “Duplex Printing (Manual)” option. Then, at the bottom of this window, click “OK“.

Enable the “Duplex Printing (Manual)”.

(Tip: If your printer offers a “Duplex Printing (Automatic)” option, select it. This is an automatic two-sided printing option that eliminates the need to manually insert pages into the printer.

You are now back in the “Print” window. Here, click “Apply” and then click “Print” to start the process of printing the document on both sides of the paper.

Start print

How to set up two-sided printing as the default printing option on Windows 11

To begin, press the Windows + i key combination to launch the Settings Windows application. In the Settings application interface that appears, from the list on the left, click “Bluetooth & Devices“.

Click “Bluetooth & Devices”

On the “Bluetooth & Devices” settings page, click “Printers & Scanners”.

Click “Printers & Scanners”

On the “Printers & Scanners” page, select the printer you want to use.

Choose printer

The printer setup page opens. At the top of this page, click the “Printer Settings” tab. Then select “Printing Preferences“.

Select “Printing Preferences”

You will see the printer customization window. Here, enable the “Duplex Printing (Manual)” option. Then click “Apply” and hit “OK” at the bottom of the window.

Enable “Duplex Printing (Manual)”

Accomplished! Duplex printing will now always be the default setting on your Windows 11 computer.

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